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Office for iPad now lets you print documents

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Microsoft vowed that Office for iPad users wouldn’t always have to track down a PC just to print their files, and it’s making good on that promise with a slew of app updates. The tablet-sized versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word now let you make hard copies of documents so long as you have an AirPrint-friendly printer on hand. The move tackles one of the biggest gripes we had with Office when it launched last month; it’s at last possible to skip the computer entirely when producing that class report or family budget.

Printing isn’t the only upgrade in store. Excel now has auto-resizing for columns and rows, while PowerPoint gets Keynote-style guides that help align all the graphics just so for your big presentation. All told, these refinements are huge if the iPad is your productivity center — head over to the App Store source link to start updating.

Courtesy – Engadget

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Google’s inexpensive dongle can do a lot of things. Whether it be streaming music or a variety of video programming, the Chromecast is capable of handling it all — and don’t forget live TV is coming soon, too. But while having these entertainment options is nice, sometimes you have to be, you know, productive. Thankfully, it looks like you can start using the $35 dongle to send some of your work to a separate screen near you.

As spotted by Android Police, Google has quietly added an option within Drive that lets you push your Presentation to Chromecast. We looked into it ourselves and can confirm that said feature is indeed there, via the “Present on another device” menu. Technically, you could already do something similar by simply casting the entire browser, but this gives you an alternative that’s actually optimized for Presentations. And don’t be surprised by the fact there hasn’t been a formal announcement, since Google’s been known to do things unexpectedly from time to time. Either way, you can give it a try now — just be sure to have the Cast extension installed, as you’ll need that in order for this to work.

Courtesy – Engadget

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On any other phone, you’d have to type in the master password to access all your other passwords stored on LastPass — including the iPhone, where Touch ID gets you into your phone and iTunes account, but stops there. But on Samsung’s Galaxy S5, all you need to do is swipe your finger across the home button, now that the password manager’s Android app has been updated to work with the device’s biometric scanner. To set that up, you’ll first need to type in your credentials like everyone else, and then activate fingerprint authentication for future use. It’ll be a lot faster to add or change entries with the feature in place, and in some ways, fingerprint authentication is more secure than using a complex master password. We just hope you have no bitter enemies that’ll go as far as to make a fake finger to sabotage your digital life.

Courtesy – Engadget

Apple Patents Head-Mounted Display

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There have long been rumors that Apple is working on its own virtual reality goggles, and now we have proof: A lengthy, image-soaked head-mounted display patent was awarded to the Cupertino company earlier this month.

Apple’s head-mounted display (HMD) looks a fair bit like how the Oculus Rift headset is supposed to look like when the company updates its boxy design to a sexier, ski-goggle-like look. Unlike Oculus’ headset, though, Apple’s HMD is built to connect to standard consumer electronic devices like your iPod.

The Apple HMD is designed for wired and wireless (it’ll be Wi-Fi enabled) connectivity, and it will be able to connect to Apple TV and should accommodate both standard video and 3D. The patent notes how such a “personal” display may be especially useful when people want to view media while away from their homes.

“There is a need for a personal display system with which users can privately view media provided by an electronic device,” notes the patent. Such an HMD offers the dual benefit of privacy and immersion. Anyone who has worn an HMD can tell you that it feels like you’re looking at another world and not a video screen.

While the patent describes the HMD in some detail, it also leaves open a wide variety of design possibilities, including a curved or flat front, customized coverings and construction materials including glass, plastic, metal and flexible components that may allow the device to bend to fit the wearers face.

Apple never specifically mentions screen resolution, but the patent does offer a screen appearance analogy: “The distance between a user’s eyes and the display generation components and the size or resolution of the displayed image is equivalent to watching media in a movie theater, for example, five meters from a large screen.”

Courtesy – Mashable

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Google isn’t done upgrading Glass this month just because the KitKat update is out the door. It’s rolling out another release this week that should be huge for frequent callers and photographers. You’ll no longer miss a phone call just because Glass took control of the audio; the eyewear is now smart enough to route sound to your handset when you’re using it to hold a conversation. It’ll also be possible to back up photos and videos when away from WiFi, and you can clear those shots from your timeline with one swipe when you’re done. There should be more voice commands to accommodate third-party apps, as well. It’s not clear exactly when the update hits, but it should give the surge of new Glass owners one more thing to look forward to.

Courtesy – Engadget

Apple iWatch Already in Production, Report Says

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The long-rumored wearable computer from Apple, affectionately known as the iWatch, has reportedly gone into production.

Reports of the highly anticipated device’s production run cropped up in the Tuesday edition of Taiwan-based China Times.

Citing sources in Apple’s supply chain in Asia, the site claims that part of the production includes advanced SiP (system-in-a-package) modules, which can contain a processor, DRAM and flash memory.

Such a module, used in mobile devices like MP3 players and smartphones, could be useful in producing a wearable computer. However the China Times report doesn’t offer further technical details beyond that.

It said the device will be released in the latter half of 2014, and that production of up to 3 million devices will began in the second quarter of this year, and will increase to 14 to 15 million in the third quarter.

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook has remained mum on whether the company will release a wearable device of any kind, his statements in recent months have consistently been peppered with comments about an exciting “new category” of product the company plans to release later this year.

According to a Harris Interactive poll conducted in September, 49% of Americans believe “wearable tech is a fad.” That sentiment seems to be a result of the less-than-stellar reception given to recently released devices such as the Pebble and the Galaxy Gear.

So as the evidence of an entirely new product from Apple piles up, long-time observers of the company are waiting to see if it can work its iDevice magic on the wearable-tech category.

Courtesy – Mashable

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As convenient as touchscreens and air gesture controls can be on a PC, it’s not very comfortable to keep raising your hands just to handle basic tasks. You might not have to subject your arms to that kind of strain if Microsoft’s experimental Type-Hover-Swipe keyboard ever reaches shelves, though. The peripheral hides a grid of infrared motion sensors between the keys, letting you perform hand gestures in a more natural position. While the technology is very low-resolution (there’s just 64 pixels of data), it’s both fast and precise enough to recognize more advanced commands. Among other tricks, you can mimic a steering wheel with your hands when playing a racing game.

There’s no mention of production plans for the keyboard, and Microsoft notes that it’s not perfectly accurate in its current form. However, it’s a practical concept that could give your hands a much-needed break. Microsoft adds that the raw sensors could even be used for direct touch input, since it’s possible to deduce your exact finger position — in some situations, you might not need a touchscreen at all.

Courtesy – Engadget

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GoPro’s smartphone apps have been a useful addition to its popular action cams for quite some time, and now the Android version sees a nice update. First, and most importantly, the app now automatically connects to your camera’s WiFi signal on launch, nixing a visit to the settings menu as your first stop. Sharing is easier as well, as those captured stills and videos can now be beamed to Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and other social repositories directly from your mobile device. There’s also an updated UI for those wielding version 4.0 or later of Google’s mobile OS and the ability to have the app set the curated Photo of the Day as your wallpaper. Haven’t been alerted to version 2.4 yet? Well, jump down to the source link to nab the download now.

Courtesy – Engadget

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iPhone cases are a dime a dozen, but the creators of Lunecase claim their masterpiece can do something special. While it looks just like any other case on the surface, Lunecase can apparently harness the electromagnetic energy the iPhone emits and use it to light up its LED call or message indicators. It’s not even connected to the phone via wires or any other means — if what its Kickstarter page says is true, it’ll work as soon as you snap it on. Sound familiar? That’s because Lunecase’s creators, Ukrainian company Concepter, showed it off at CES 2014, albeit in a different form. The prototype presented during the event looked a lot different from the current offering, but at least it worked just as advertised. If this sounds more useful than a case that can track your blood pressure, you can get one for the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c from its Kickstarter page for a minimum pledge of $35. Just note that you’ll have to make do without its icon-like indicators until it ships, which the company aims to do sometime in August.

Courtesy – Engadget

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Locking down those credit cards while globe-trotting is always a chief concern. Today at Mobile World Congress, MasterCard and Syniverse announced a joint effort to ease the fears of travelers. The pair is working on a pilot program that will only allow card-based transactions when a user’s mobile device is in a specific location. This means that if you (and your phone) are in Barcelona and someone tries to use your card in Madrid, the purchase will be declined. In addition to the security measures, users will have the option of procuring prepaid data packages on said handset upon arrival to insure that the requisite GPS works. Of course, the setup is in testing at the moment, so there’s no clear indication when or if the geolocation option will become available.

Courtesy – Engadget

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